Ideological chasms divide US presidential hopefuls

Brooks, Janet Rae
December 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;12/4/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 12, p1484
Academic Journal
The article reports on the effort concerning the creation of national health plan that covers low-income earners in the U.S. In 2006, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney signed a law that required all state residents to have health insurance and introduced a scheme that ensures the coverage of low income earners. Harvard School Policy and Political Analysis Robert Blendon states that the political ideology on the issue involves the huge dispute about the role of the government versus the role of marketplaces. It is stated that the Republicans want to steer more Americans toward private insurers and away from employer-based insurance for they believe its contribution to the country's enormous health bill by shielding people from the true cost of care. INSET: America's uninsured: as many as 1 in 3.


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